To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born?

To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born?

Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers

Book - 2012 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
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In a society over-saturated with books, magazines, blogs, reality shows, and YouTube videos aggressively conveying anyone and everyone's latest advice on parenting, there still remains one important and unrepresented opinion...that of the baby !!!

Q: How do you breed contempt?
A: Have a baby.

Hey. It's me. Your baby. Let me say, first off, that I love you. I do. You're a great parent. You do a lot of things right. I know how devoted you are to me and how invested you are in hitting this whole parenting thing out of the playground. Okay. Now that I've given you the validation I know you need, let's get a few things clear . . .

I'm not as innocent as you think I am. You don't realize it because you're blinded by my sweet good looks, but I am aware of way more than I can convey. I feel more than I can express. I have more going on in my soft, little baby brain than you could possibly imagine. Until now. The book you're holding finally reveals the complexities and nuances of my life so far. From my point of view.




Be warned . . . it's not always adorable.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451660654
Branch Call Number: 811.602 WEBER
Characteristics: xi, 97 p. ; 20 cm.


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May 31, 2015

This was required out loud bedtime reading for my wife and I as we were expecting our first baby, and one that provoked many a laugh and a smile as we drifted off to sleep.

The poem-by-poem quality varied quite a bit and, I felt, tailed off toward the end, but some of them, such as the Santa Claus-themed "I've Never Seen This Man Before in My Life" or the grandparent-themed "Tata & Gampy" were pure genius in my view.

The language employed is a little salty, and the cultural references are all decidedly North American, but apart from that I can't why any prospective or current parent wouldn't get a guffaw out of this slender volume.


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